Why trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal?

Why trek to Everest Base Camp?

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Everest on May 29, 1953.  Since then thousands of people have reached the summit of the 8850 metre peak and even more of you choose to follow in their footsteps as far as Base Camp.  Everest Base Camp has become an achievable goal for people from all walks of life who want a glimpse of the world's highest peak. 

To stand and gaze at the highest mountain on earth is an almost spiritual experience, especially when to get there you have travelled along the village trails of the Khumbu - the Sherpa homeland - passing colourful fluttering prayer flags and centuries old mani walls built of individual tablets of stone, each carved in elegant script offering prayers to the mountain gods.

"You don't have to be a hero to accomplish great things. You can just be an ordinary
chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals." Edmund Hillary


Any reasonably fit and prepared person can reach the climbers' base camp for Everest and with just a little extra effort, its also possible to scale the non-technical viewpoint peak known as Kala Patar for an unrivaled panorama of Himalayan Peaks, dominated by the looming South West face of Everest, almost within touching distance across the Khumbu ice fall.

Due to the need to acclimatise gradually to the altitude, it takes a minimum of 9 days from Lukla airstrip to Everest Base camp. The total distance is less than 50 km and with rest days at the Sherpa capital of Namche and at Dingboche before the final ascent of the Khumbu Valley, that equates to around 7 km per day which most people will have no difficulty in doing. The majority of the normal route is on well maintained trails which are used by the inhabitants of this mountain region. Only the last few kilometers to the Base Camp itself are on the rubble of the glacial moraine.

Today it is possible to trek all the way to the base camp of Everest staying in the relative comfort of ‘alpine style' lodges run by local Sherpas putting the whole experience within reach of any active person with the desire to see the world's principal peak.

 "I suppose we go to Mount Everest because - in a word - we can't help it.  To refuse the
adventure is to run the risk of drying up like a pea in its shell." George Mallory

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